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Canterbury Better Breathing programme

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In Canterbury, a free eight-week pulmonary rehabilitation programme called Better Breathing is available for people with long-term chest conditions like COPD.

The programme can help improve your breathing and fitness through gentle movement and exercise. The programme also includes education sessions that help you to:

The programme consists of a one-and-a-half-hour session once a week. Participants are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible.

There are entry requirements for the programme. If you are interested in attending a Better Breathing programme, phone (03) 353‑9973 or talk to your general practice team.

Better Breathing programmes are provided at the following locations:




EA Networks Centre, 20 River Tce, Ashburton

City East

Linwood Salvation Army Hall, 177 Linwood Ave, Linwood

City North

Bishopdale Library and Community Centre, 13 Bishopdale Ct, Bishopdale Village Mall

City South

Christchurch Irish Club, 29 Domain Tce, Spreydon

City West

Hei Hei Community Lounge, 12 Wycola Ave, Hei Hei


Mainpower Oval, Canterbury Country Cricket Association, Coldstream Rd, Rangiora

In this video, Tuli shares his story about learning to breathe better through the Better Breathing pulmonary rehabilitation programme.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed June 2021.


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